How can I access free ebooks and audiobooks?

The Cal Poly Humboldt Library provides access to thousands of ebooks for students and employees. There are also several places online where you can access ebooks for free, though keep in mind that newer titles may be difficult to access if they are not in the public domain

Here are some options you can try: 

1. Search for the book title using Cal Poly Humboldt Library's OneSearch tool. The library provides access to thousands of ebooks which you can access using your campus email username and password right from the website. Some are limited to 1-2 users at a time, so if you can't access it immediately, try again later. If you have any questions, be sure to ask a librarian

2. If you have a public library card, see if the Humboldt County Library provides access to the book you're looking for. Visit their eBooks, Audiobook, and Digital Magazines page to learn more.  

3. Try Open Library. You will have to create an account, but Open Library is totally free with no contracts or strings attached. You may have to join a waitlist to access some books. 

4. Try the Hathi Trust Digital Library. Cal Poly Humboldt is not a partner institution, but you can still find many freely available titles here. 

5. LibriVox provides free, public domain (copyright expired) audiobooks, read by volunteers from around the world. 

6. Project Gutenberg is volunteer-driven and provides ebooks with a focus on older U.S. titles that are in the public domain (copyright expired).  More information available on our eBooks Research Guide


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  • Last Updated Jan 27, 2023
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